Monday, January 9, 2012

Alcohol News - 2/2012


BBC News (UK) - Two drink-free days a week needed, MPs' report says
People should have at least two days a week completely clear of alcohol, a group of MPs says. It is one of the recommendations in a report by the Commons science and technology committee, which is calling for a review of all government guidelines on alcohol in the UK.
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Wall Street Journal (Qatar) - Qatar, Unveiling Tensions, Suspends Sale of Alcohol
Qatar, the wealthy Persian Gulf state that will host the 2022 World Cup and shot to prominence last year as a bankroller of the Arab Spring, is experiencing a small counterrevolution at home.
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MarketWatch (USA) - Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles Hits the Streets to Text Digital Proof of Pervasive Alcohol Advertising
Armed with smart phones, members of the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles and hundreds of community supporters launched a grassroots City-wide campaign today to document the over-proliferation of alcohol ads on public property.
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BBC News (UK) - Foetal alcohol mothers 'should be held responsible'
It is estimated that 6,000 babies are born every year in the UK with foetal alcohol syndrome because their mothers drank alcohol when pregnant. The condition is a form of structural brain damage.
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Washington Post - The economics of curbing alcohol consumption
Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control ran the numbers on how much binge drinking costs the United States. They came up with a pretty big number: Excessive alcohol consumption costs $223.5 billion each year, mostly due to lost workplace productivity and increased health care costs.
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AFP (Serbia) - Serbia bans alcohol in parliament
The Serbian parliament has banned alcohol after media reports of excessive drinking, a top official said Friday.
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The Australian (Australia) - Territory police 'need to go further' in alcohol crackdown
NORTHERN Territory police have not gone far enough in cracking down on alcohol-related crime in Alice Springs. So says opposition indigenous affairs spokesman Adam Giles, despite the death of an Aborigine in custody after he was picked up for drinking on Wednesday.
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Medscape - Drinking Frequency Is Quick Test for Youth Alcohol Problems
A 3-question survey probing alcohol consumption identifies youth with alcohol-related problems, according to a study published online January 4, 2012, in Pediatrics.
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Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade Review (UK) - 90% of adults fail alcohol unit test, says Wilson Drinks Report
Almost 90% of British adults that took part in a survey, had no idea how strong their drinks were, according to research from the Wilson Report.
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Food Consumer - Consumption of alcoholic beverages is known to be a human carcinogen - official report
Consumption of alcoholic beverages is known to be a human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in humans.
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GP online (UK) - Minimum alcohol pricing could be introduced to England via by-laws
Minimum alcohol pricing could be introduced on a regional basis in England using by-laws drawn up in response to the lack of national progress on the issue.
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The Economist (South Africa) - The government wants to make the country less drunk
LOWERING the permissible alcohol level for drivers is common enough. Banning booze on the roads altogether is plainly far more drastic. But road deaths in Brazil, for instance, have dropped by almost a third in the three years since the government told drivers to eschew even a drop.
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Irish Examiner (Ireland) - Govt to clamp down on 'distance sale' of alcohol to minors
The Department of Justice is expected to use new surveillance methods to target the sale of alcohol to minors by third parties.
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The Copenhagen Post (Denmark) - Majority support raising drinking age
A vast majority of Danes support raising the legal purchase age of alcohol from the current 16 to 18, according to a newly released poll.
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